The WA Government is delivering on a major election commitment to seal the final 5.45km of the 12.9km Bidyadanga Access Road, which connects Great Northern Highway south of Broome to the Bidyadanga remote community.
The upgrades are estimated to cost approximately $3 million, marking a saving of $1 million.
The remaining $1 million savings will be redirected to improve the local airstrip, ensuring all-weather access to WA’s largest Aboriginal community.
Medical services including health clinic visits, access by primary care workers and medical evacuations use the air strip to provide care to the community.
While the air strip performs adequately in dry conditions, it often closes in wet weather due to water pooling in the aircraft landing areas, resulting in cancellation of these important services.
These upgrades will ensure the community has reliable access all year round to important medical services.
A partnership between Main Roads and Kullari Regional Communities Incorporated (KRCI) is under way for the construction of the road and airstrip.
The partnership will provide employment and training opportunities for local Aboriginal people from the Bidyadanga community, assisting in increasing Aboriginal participation in the delivery of the works.
Sealing of the access road and airstrip is expected to commence in late September 2018, with completion expected late 2018.
Source: WA Government